Cabinet nod for long-pending KUSUM, 40GW solar rooftop schemes

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Tuesday approved two schemes for promotion of solar power — one for the agriculture sector and the other for rooftops.

The long-pending KUSUM scheme (Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan) was approved by the CCEA.

The scheme consists of three components: 1. Setting up 10 GW grid-connected renewable power plants, each of 500KW to 2MW in rural areas; 2. Installation of 1.75 million standalone off-grid solar water pumps to fulfill irrigation needs of farmers not connected to the grid; and 3. Solarisation of existing 1 million grid-connected agriculture pumps to make farmers independent of the grid supply and also sell surplus power to distribution companies and get extra income.


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